Oct. 17, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 6 Maryland men's soccer showed extreme balance Friday night, registering four goals and limiting Evansville to only one shot, in a 4-0 win against the Purple Aces in non-conference action at Ludwig Field.
After netting the game-winner in overtime against Lehigh on Tuesday night, Townsend picked up his team-leading ninth goal of the year at 17:05 off Jason Herrick's foot to give Maryland an early lead, 1-0. The goal came out of a small scramble in the middle of the box.
Jeremy Hall gave Maryland the go-ahead goal at 29:58. After Herrick put a ball in the box for Townsend, who had his strike blocked, Hall picked up the rebound and fired it past diving Evansville goalkeeper Phil Boerger for the score.
Townsend picked up goal No. 10 in 2008 early in the second half when Herrick passed a ball down the far sideline to Doug Rodkey on the baseline who then served it to Townsend for a 3-0 Terp lead.
The Terps struck one more time with nearly 16 minutes remaining in the game when Hall headed in a score off a pass from senior Rich Costanzo. For Hall, the reigning ACC Co-Player of the Week, it is his seventh goal in the last five matches.
A steady Maryland defense held Evansville without a shot thru 88 minutes of play. Zac MacMath picked up his seventh consecutive win at keeper.
"I thought we really played a complete game tonight and were very connected," head coach Sasho Cirovski, who celebrated his 250th career win Friday night, said. "(Jeremy) Hall and Casey (Townsend) both had great games and I think Jason Herrick had his best game of the year and really sparked our attack.
"Evansville is a very good team and they work extremely hard. I was pleased that we were able to move the ball as well as we did."
Maryland, which eclipsed its 2007 win total with its 11th victory Friday night, heads to Morgantown, W.Va. for battle against West Virginia on Tuesday. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.